Mike Zimmer, 58, was 1-0 and one day from his second game as an NFL head coach when his star running back, Adrian Peterson, surrendered to Houston police to face charges on child abuse.
The Vikings announced that Peterson would not face the New England Patriots, and he wound up being unavailable to Zimmer for the remainder of the season. This did much to limit the Vikings’ offense and led to a 7-9 record.
Paul Molitor, 58, was one day from leaving Florida and arriving in Detroit to manage his first game (on Monday) when it was announced that Ervin Santana had failed baseball’s test for performance enhancing drugs.
Santana had received the largest free-agent contract – four years, $55 million – in Twins’ history, with the intention of providing a large boost to a starting staff that had compiled the worst ERA (5.06) in the major leagues in 2014.
He will miss the first 80 games of the season due to a suspension for PED usage. By the time Santana returns, the Twins, already projected to finish last in a potent AL Central, figure to be halfway to a similar winning percentage (.433) to what Zimmer managed without Peterson.
I think Mike should give Mollie a call in Detroit today and chat for a couple of minutes.
That’s because I can’t think of anyone in the Twin Cities better equipped to commiserate with a 58-year-old manager on what it’s like to lose, out of nowhere, a very important asset at the start of his first season on the job than Mike Zimmer.